Easter weekend is upon us with no let up from the abnormal weather conditions the island has been experiencing since the beginning of the year. A combination of tropical squalls punctuated by bright blue skies offers limitless opportunities for rainbow hunters. I am no such creature, however I was heading into town one afternoon at around 4.00pm which was the ideal moment to experience a rainbow arching the town.
The colours here are pretty accurate, the rainbow really was that intense!
This apparition only lasted a minute or so. I dashed out of my car into the horizontal rain and onto the viewing platform at the top of Ladder hill. Camera clicked four or five shots and then it was over. Also the lens was starting to suffer from raindrops hitting it and rendering the focus useless.
Happily this is the digital age so I was immediately able to check that I had in fact taken a half decent picture and to feel just a tad smug that I have a really nice picture here.
The press release below arrived in my inbox on Thursday afternoon.
It is now official that Prince Edward will be coming to St Helena to open the airport. The opening has been planned to occur on what better day than St Helena day, a public holiday which the whole island participates in a carnival in town.
This news has added to the excitement here and to the reality of the airport opening on time, in spite of the fact that we don't yet have any plane schedules confirmed.
This is due to happen in the next couple of weeks once the final accreditation process has been completed.
As soon as we hear something here, I will report it!
The historic opening of St Helena Airport is planned for the morning of Saturday 21 May 2016 - St Helena’s National Day. It will be marked by a public ceremony at the Airport site, with Royal guest HRH The Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, in attendance.
All members of the public will be invited to attend this special event, ahead of the traditional St Helena’s Day entertainments in Jamestown.
As is usual, New Horizons will be organising the traditional programme of events for St Helena’s Day. But this year, this will be preceded by the Official Opening of St Helena Airport at the aerodrome organised by SHG, ESH, New Horizons & Basil Read - subject, of course, to prior certification of St Helena Airport.
Preparations for the Airport opening ceremony are ongoing and further details will follow in due course.